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Lisbeth Salander, heroine of Stieg Larsson’s The lady with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, is without doubt one of the so much compelling, complicated characters of our time. Is she an avenging angel? a deadly outlaw? What makes Salander tick, and why is our reaction to her — and to Larsson’s Millennium trilogy — so strong?

In The Psychology of the lady with the Dragon Tattoo, 19 psychologists and psychiatrists try and do what even specialist investigator Mikael Blomkvist couldn't: comprehend Lisbeth Salander.

• What does Lisbeth’s notorious dragon tattoo particularly say approximately her?
• Why is Lisbeth so interested in Mikael, and what could they either have to do to make a courting work?
• How will we clarify males like Martin Vanger, Nils Bjurman, and Alexander Zalachenko? Is Lisbeth simply as sexist and as psychopathic as they are?
• what's it approximately Lisbeth that enables her to outlive, even thrive, less than notable conditions?
• How is Lisbeth like a Goth-punk Rorschach try? And what can we know about ourselves from what we see in her?

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The reasons we’re unlikely to unfetter ourselves from gender expectations are long and complicated, involving social psychology and stereotyping (which includes everything from cognitive biases, social learning, social identity, realistic group conflict, and social categorization) but, in my opinion, the short answer is this: simple laziness. , class, race, nationality, religion, age). In some cases, human beings’ tendency to take heuristics, or mental shortcuts, can help us be more efficient thinkers but, in the case of gender stereotypes, the shortcuts often have negative consequences.

Roald, K. C. Skolleborg, and A. Holte, 42 “Motivational Factors and Psychological Processes in Cosmetic Breast Augmentation Surgery,” Journal of Surgical Reconstruction 63 (2010). the body speaks louder than words Victimization is another central issue for Salander. During a childhood marked by an abusive father, internment in a psychiatric institution, and forced guardianship (which deprived her of agency and later resulted in abuse), Salander has been victimized by the male figures in her life, and perhaps symbolically by the patriarchal society she lives in.

Skolleborg, and A. Holte, 42 “Motivational Factors and Psychological Processes in Cosmetic Breast Augmentation Surgery,” Journal of Surgical Reconstruction 63 (2010). the body speaks louder than words Victimization is another central issue for Salander. During a childhood marked by an abusive father, internment in a psychiatric institution, and forced guardianship (which deprived her of agency and later resulted in abuse), Salander has been victimized by the male figures in her life, and perhaps symbolically by the patriarchal society she lives in.

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